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Everything posted by LeoandCharlie

  1. The downside is that a provisional acceptance means you will effectively be rejecting the other schools you’ve been accepted to at the time of provisional acceptance. There’s no need to provisionally accept earlier than the deadline. If you know what school you’d like to go to if Ottawa does not accept you then I’d provisionally accept to that school only to open up spots for other applicants. But, you shouldn’t feel pressured to do this.
  2. There’s no way they’ll require you to have your camera or microphone on. The event will run through different offerings of the school, their curriculum and you’ll like hear about a case involving a snail. Then they’ll open it up for some Q/A.
  3. I did the square one route every weekend for two years. You take the Go Bus from square one to highway 407 stop. Then hope onto the subway from the 407 stop and it take you right to Osgoode in about 3 minutes. Total trip takes about 30 minutes. I don’t recommend travelling with a car. Parking is stupid on campus and you’d likely be sitting in traffic at times. You can use the time on the bus to unwind and relax or do some reading.
  4. I wouldn't expect in person exams anywhere for at least 6 more months to a year.
  5. I'm not sure on the WES question as I've not encountered it before.
  6. You've got a good chance! Hoping to see you in the accepted thread!
  7. I would place your chances at about 60-70%. Your L2 is strong but Osgoode really loved CGPA.
  8. From a statistics point I do not think you have a good chance. Osgoode however is a holistic school and depending on the documented reasons for the cGPA you may have a chance. I would still wager that the chances are low as Osgoode really likes cGPAs.
  9. You can apply to Lakehead but your chances at Lakehead are pretty low. You likely won't be competitive for any scholarships.
  10. They may be overseas and therefore a day ahead. Either that or Osgoode is hiding something from the world...
  11. If the above is true, I'm really on the side of @Hegdis on this and suggest not closing any doors.
  12. I'm not entirely sure what you mean by how to do this efficiently, as you just make the payment from your line of credit account. I would however suggest waiting until a few days before interest would otherwise start accruing on your government student loan before paying it down. i.e., if you're still in school for the winter 2021 term, don't pay down the student loan with LOC as the student loan will be interest free while in school whereas the LOC will start accruing interest once funds are drawn upon from it.
  13. Just to add to this. I will also note that title insurance companies also clearly get involved in litigating contract interpretations. There’s numerous cases which can be found where definitions of insurance policies are contested. I suspect counsel works on these matters as well, in addition to updating insurance policy language when needed. But the counsel I worked with to my knowledge wasn’t involved in this. I suspect this role would be for more senior counsel.
  14. From having worked on several files related to title insurance claims, I got to know the counsel at Stewart fairly well. From what I gather, they would wait around for files that either clearly met the threshold for coverage or were of debatable nature. They’ed review the law for the debatable ones and then form an opinion. If the claim was covered they’re often try and negotiate for the most cost effective strategy. I had one claim which required litigation and Stewart retained our firm to perform the litigation. (Billings would be covered by Stewart). From this I take it the counsel’s main function was to assess claims that were of debatable nature (I.e claims which may or may not be excluded or captured by definitions of words). Often this counsel I worked with would require approval to proceed from higher ups.
  15. I am a 3L and Queen's has still not let me know. On a serious note though, rejections come out around beginning of May through June. It varies depending on how quickly the classes fill up based on decisions of students.
  16. You do a transcript request through OLSAS when fall grades are final. Do not send one to OLSAS. Complete the request for transcript through OLSAS and they will request it from your school then forward it to others. Wait until your fall grades are official and final (I.e not just send to you by a professor). Once they are official complete the request.
  17. I just want start by saying, just take a moment and understand that exams are meant to be hard and it's always difficult to perform perfectly - even more so in the covid context. That said, to handle time I recommend four things. First, read the questions before the fact pattern. Seriously. Read them first and then read the fact pattern with the question in mind. Be an active reader and make notes as you go of issues you see as you read them. Do not answer the question as you read. Use this reading time to build a roadmap for your answer. In the context of the IRAC method, this works great and maximizes your issue spotting and ensures your answer actually answers what you've been directed to answer. Second you need to really make note of how much each question is worth, portion time accordingly and then stick to your time notwithstanding that you may not fully develop the issues identified. This approach prevents you from getting sucked into the vortex of a question and the desire to make it perfect. I cannot tell you how many times I've been tempted to really strengthen an answer to a question to maybe get 17/20 on it, only to then to be crunch for time on another question and end up getting 10/20 on it when I otherwise could have got 15/10 and 15/20 respectively. Therefore, allocate your time and stick to it. Answer as best you can and move on. Thirdly, be effective in your studying and summary building. You should memorize the core concepts as much as you can and for the more detailed matters know where to quickly find the information in your summary. Do not treat a summary/open book exams as a supplement for memorization and study. This will allow you to quickly apply major principles for some easy issues and then free up your time for the more detailed/nuanced ones. Lastly, be wise in how you tackle an exam. You do not need to do questions in order. If a question is super puzzling to you, skip it and go to the ones you can get right away. Failing to do so may result in you over investing in that puzzling question and in turn leaving you less time for the questions you otherwise could have answered completely with ease. Also...it gets better. Be patient with yourself!
  18. At Osgoode I know the work submitted is anonymized, but I suspect professors have a way to find out who ultimately got what grade in the class after grades are submitted and approved. I say this because a professor (who otherwise had no way of knowing I did very well in the class) emailed me asking me to do some work for them after final grades were released and cited me having been an active participant in class and doing very well in their class as their reason for the email.
  19. Lol it’s neither necessary nor mandatory. Further, it likely isn’t even possible to know all the law in every country as this would require constantly updating your knowledge with each new decision/legislative change that comes out. The time available vs the amount of content to know would make this an impossibility. A good lawyer is one who knows the applicable law and serves clients professionally and competently.
  20. I’m fairly confident that it won’t continue into the future. At least in Ontario there were some LSO requirements restrictions regarding exclusive online learning. I imagine once it’s no longer required we’ll revert back to the old method.
  21. I had a friend in 1L who I encouraged to just simply ask the professor if they’d considering hiring them at as RA/is such a position was available. The prof ended up wanting to hire him and applied to the school for the position. That’s how they spent their 1L summer, a paid RA position. I encouraged this approach based in the fact that my friend had a well established rapport with the prof and has a clear interest in the area of law she studied.
  22. Major entrance scholarship offers go out around mid January. Smaller entrance scholarships go out between spring and early summer.
  23. I looked through two methods. First I looked on a region’s law association website. Some local law associations for each respective region post what firms are hiring (I know Hamilton does this). This is a great resource to use. Second, I did some Google searching of law firms in regions I would want to work in and read their “career” page. Many have a section outlining if they take on summer students and who to send applications to. I know off hand that this is the case in the Waterloo region. This can be time consuming but really, you’ve got a Christmas break to do some Google searching. Doing so can land you a 1L job because half the class doesn’t even know there’s jobs outside the formal recruitment systems and the other half doesn’t want to apply to them. Most firms outside the big law recruit don’t use the portal or conventional OCI tools. When I was in 1L I recall applying to firms I saw were hiring/had a summer law student programs by sending my application via email to an HR personnel. I got numerous interviews and landed multiple job offers.
  24. fyi there's firms outside of Toronto that hire a lot of 1L students...unless you're sold on wanting to work in Toronto don't buy into the school's career service department hyper fixation on the Toronto market.
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